Top 24 Scenic Bike Rides in Australia


Top 24 Scenic Bike Rides in Australia

If you are an avid biker you will find your fill of beauty, adventure and challenges exploring Australia’s multiple and diverse scenic landscapes. From a never-ending and untouched coastline, to tropical rain forests, to stark ochre deserts – Australia has something to offer to every adventure-loving soul. Given below are some of the more scenic and popular bike rides:

 

Given below are some of the more scenic and popular bike rides:

1. Cairns to Cape York (Queensland)

 

This ride is great for beach lovers. The journey will take you through the Princess Royal Harbour, Salmon Holes, the Rainbow Coast and Blowholes.

 

2. Munda Biddi Trail (Western Australia)

 

For a ride through bushland and forests backed by mountain ranges and vineyards, a ride on this route can prove challenging.

 

3. Albany to Frenchman Bay (Victoria)

 

This ride offers a lot of natural beauty and other historic interests. It crosses the Bourne Creek over the famous trestle bridge, where you can see the native birdlife.

 

4. Kangaroor Ground, Healesville, Yarra Glen and Kinglake loop (Victoria)

 

Held in Queensland, this is an annual multi-day ride which explores different regions in Queensland.

 

5. Bass coast Rail (Victoria)

 

If you would like to travel in the east coast of mainland Australia, a ride on this route will involve traversing hills and valleys, and include a view of the harbour while travelling between Gosford and Newcastle.

 

6. Cycle Queensland

 

This route will take you through the Strzelecki Ranges, offering great scenery. En route you will pass through Gippsland and hardly encounter any traffic.

 

7. Sydney to Forster (New South Wales)

 

This is a 17 km easy ride, starting at Alice Springs and moving onwards through Simpsons Gap. Gap Bike Path offers riders of all abilities a taste of the Red Centre.

 

8. Grand Ridge Road (Victoria)

 

A bike ride on this route will give you a view of the Ku Ring Gai Chase National Park, Pittwater and Palm Beach.

 

9. Simpsons Gap (Northern Territory)

 

This is one of Australia’s most well known coastal roads. You will get to see famous landmarks such as the Twelve Apostles and the Otway Ranges.

 

10. West Head Loop/Akuna Bay (New South Wales)

 

If you are a beach lover you will enjoy this ride which goes through quiet roads. Sights along the way include the Princess Royal Harbour, Salmon Holes and Frenchman Bay.

 

11. Great Ocean Road (Victoria)

 

Covering a 3 km distance, you would need to climb about 245 m. This ride is one of Melbourne’s toughest but most rewarding rides.

 

12. Albany-Frenchman Bay ride (Western Australia)

 

This ride will take you up to Mount Tamborine, Sprigbrook, Beechmont and Tomewin. It involves a good 4000 km of steep vertical climbing.

 

13. Arthur’s Seat (Victoria)

 

This ride is one of Victoria’s most scenic bike rides. It goes through the Strzelecki Ranges and the Grade Ridge on unpaved moderate to hard surfaces.

 

14. Peaks Challenge on the Gold coast (Queensland)

 

Involving a ride of 156 km on hard road surface, this could prove a difficult ride. It involves climbing around 2500 metres vertically, passing through Bruny Island, Derwent River and Wellington Park.

 

15. Grand Ridge Road (Victoria)

 

Covering a distance of 900 km this ride on unsealed track is not easy. It stretches from Adelaide to the Flinders Rangers (Blinman) through farmland and forests. A bi-annual Outback Odyssey is held to afford riders a great biking experience.

 

16. Channel Highway Loop (Tasmania)

 

This ride starts from Rathdowney in Queensland and travels through beautiful rain forests harbouring a range of birdlife. The ride is considered to be difficult and covers a distance of 120 km.

 

17. Mawson Trail (South Australia)

 

If you have the confidence and like challenges you could try the Gold Coast Peaks Challenge. It involves a one-day ride to Mount Tamborine where you get to see Springbrook, Beechmont, Tomewin and the Natural Bridge.

 

18. The Lions Road Loop in Queensland and New South Wales

 

Covering a distance of 23 km this will prove a moderate ride. It is a winding route from Springs via Mount Wellington and Glenorchy. You will get to see a unique rockscape and lush rainforests as you pass through Storm Bay, Hobart and the Derwent River.

 

19. Gold Coast Peaks (Queensland)

 

A ride through this beautiful unspoilt wilderness the Barry Way trip will take you from Jindabyne to the border of Victorian. On the way you will get to see the Snowy River Valley and Australian Alps.

 

20. North/South Track (Tasmania)

 

Using an Ivanhoe bike you can join the annual Bike SA tour covering different regions in South Australia. It will involve travelling a distance of around 594 km on moderate roads.

 

21. Australian Alps – Barry Way (New South Wales)

 

This ride gives you an opportunity to explore a really remote landscape loaded with different fauna and flora. Maria Island can be reached by air or ferry.

 

22. The South Australia Annual Tour (South Australia)

 

If you are looking for a less challenging ride, the 17 km trip of Simpsons Gap starting in Flynn’ Grave in Alice Springs and meandering through desert bush-land to Simpsons Gap affords a great way to enjoy the Red Centre.

 

23. Darlington to Maria Island’s Haunted Bay (Tasmania)

 

The road trip of 1600 km covering the Cairns/Cape York trip offers a moderate challenge. You will get to see majestic mountains, and a beautiful coastline.

 

24. Simpsons Gap (Northern Territory)​

If you are looking for a less challenging ride, the 17 km trip of Simpsons Gap starting in Flynn’ Grave in Alice Springs and meandering through desert bush-land to Simpsons Gap affords a great way to enjoy the Red Centre.

 

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